Managing Director - Asia Pacific at ACI Worldwide
Based in Singapore, Leslie is responsible for aligning and driving ACI’s core and new business opportunities across Asia Pacific (APAC). A long-term industry veteran, he has over 20 years’ experience in financial services having led several transformation projects in multi-channel and payments. Leslie has also held several senior roles with industry software leaders with extensive experience from the financial software industry and banking transformation space – including corporate cash management, trade finance, retail banking, and payments.
Articles by Leslie Choo
Driving Asia’s Real-Time Payments Boom
There is no doubt, COVID has led to a profound shift in Asia’s payments landscape, transforming long-accepted payment behaviours, almost overnight. As social distancing became a basic part of life, contactless payments, and their real-time nature, provided a simple and immediate solution for the multiple payment issues faced by consumers.
Southeast Asia: Primed for Real-Time Payments to Enter the Mainstream
There has been an exponential increase in demand for digital services across Southeast Asia (SEA), with the COVID-19 pandemic changing the way we live, work and shop.
Making Waves in Indonesia’s Payments Space [ALTO Q&A]
The Indonesian market is one to watch in the payments space. While paper-based transactions still reign supreme in the country, digital and real-time payments are now top-of-mind issues for regulators and businesses.
The Role of Southeast Asia’s Central Payments Infrastructure in the Emerging Pan-Regional Network
The benefits of a real-time, cross-border payments network in Southeast Asia are clear. As the region’s economies continue to grow, a cross-border payments network will facilitate faster cross-border commerce at a lower cost.
The Two Sides of Payments Modernization in Asia: Real-Time and Financial Inclusion
Home to nearly 60 percent of the world’s population, as well as some of the most dynamic and diverse markets, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region plays a critical role in shaping the world economy. The diversity of the region is also evident in its payments landscape, with almost every country forging its own path towards payments modernization.
How Southeast Asia’s Banks Can Remain Competitive and Profitable in a Real-Time World
Cross-border payments across Southeast Asia are shifting as market dynamics, increased competition and increasingly demanding customers drive rapid change. As payment systems are modernized and the market evolves, banks and governments must stay on top of these trends.
Prime Time for Real-Time
Global Payment Trends
As the world adopts real-time payments, how does your market stand to benefit?
Southeast Asia’s Domestic Payments Infrastructure Has Laid the Foundation for a Cross-Border Real-Time Network
Over the past decade, economies across Asia have been on the path to payments modernization, upgrading and replacing domestic payments infrastructure to make payments cheaper, faster and better. While the focus has been on domestic gains, this has set the foundation for a broader, cross-border real-time network – especially in Southeast Asia.
Putting Malaysia on the Path to Payments Innovation
The public launch of the DuitNow instant credit transfer service, in December 2018, provides just a taste of what lies ahead as Malaysia’s Real-time Retail Payments Platform (RPP) is progressively rolled out. Fueled by Bank Negara’s (BNM) increasing support for e-payment platform development, there has been a steady increase in mobile wallet and digital payment usage, setting the stage for 2019 to be a year of transformation for the payments industry in Malaysia.
Turning Impetus into Action: Real-Time Payments in ASEAN
Financial institutions across ASEAN member states are increasing investment in payments, with 64% planning to increase investment over the next 18-24 months, compared to 56% in the broader Asia region and 53% globally. With investment in ASEAN outpacing the global average, the “2018 ASEAN Payments Insight Survey” shines a light on the key drivers for increased payments investment and the expected benefits.
Pairing Payments Innovation with Security Needs in Southeast Asia
Many Asian governments – most notably those of Singapore and Hong Kong – have launched well-received initiatives to encourage collaboration rather than competition between the fintech start-up world and banks. This has enabled traditional banks to tap into the innovative solutions that fintechs offer, while the banks themselves bring to the table considerable experience with data, resilience, reliability and customer protection.
Big (regional) growth opportunities in ASEAN banking
Leslie Choo addresses the opportunities for the AESEAN countries to build a digital payments community to support commerce within the region.